Program Information

Ka-Na-Chi-Hih is a 12 bed, long-term treatment program for chronic solvent abusers; in which a client may stay in our program for a minimum of 6 months and up to two years. Chronic solvent abusers are defined as those who have been abusing solvents daily, at least for a period of one year and which this use if affecting their life socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The program serves First Nation Male Youth between the ages of 18 to 30, from across Canada. Our programming is holistic in nature and we use traditional as well as contemporary models of treatment to help our clients deal with their habitual use of solvents.


Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Specialized Solvent Abuse Treatment Centre program has been distinguished currently consists of two treatment phases.


Phase 1 

The "Core Group Program" consists of 17 weeks of programming. These groups are designed to educate the clients so that they acquire healthier skills (life, living, coping, etc.) to deal with ongoing problems that occur in their lives. Along with the delivery of the core group program, each client has two-scheduled weekly one on one counselling sessions. Counselling sessions are also available to the client as needed. Once the client has successfully completed all 17 weeks of the required programming, and under the discretion of the clients primary counsellor, the client may enter into the second phase of treatment or the client may choose to return to his community for a home visit for up to 2 weeks. Additionally; as a National Treatment Centre, clients who reside out of province are required to return back to their province within 6 months to meet provincial standards of maintaining residency. If the Provincial standards are not met, the client will be identified as relocating becoming a new Ontario resident.

Phase 2 

The "Individualized Treatment Plan" is the second phase of the treatment program; in which consists of four areas the clients may choose to explore one or more focal points. Throughout this period, the clients are still able to exercise one on one counselling. The four components of individualized treatment are education, developing life skills, exercising self-help groups, and attaining job skills through volunteer programs. The purpose of the second phase of the treatment program is to meet the client's specific needs in personal self-development. Client goals include the utilization of the skills they have acquired, to execute confidence and take responsibility in positive decision making, to develop motivation and empowerment of self, to continue and maintain education for higher living, and to increase in awareness of community resources available.


Initial contact will likely be through a verbal inquiry. At this point, information will be exchanged to determine whether there is a match between the client's needs and the Centre's program. If it seems that the potential client meets the eligibility criteria and that they could benefit from the program, the the Referral and Intake Information forms will be sent to the referring agent for completion.

The Referral and Intake Information forms will be completed and forwarded to the Centre. The potential client will be required to contact the Intake Worker to verify his voluntary to attend treatment for a minimum of 6 months and a willingness to participate in all treatment programming. Periodic clinical meetings assess the information on the waiting that has been retrieved from the referral form. If the potential client clearly meets the criteria, the referring agency will be advised of the status of the individual and an estimated period. If there is any question of the client meeting the criteria, the referring agency and individual will be advised of the areas in question, and further information will be sought.

Upon admission, the agent will provide related information regarding the client to give direction to staff to deliver the most suitable care. On arrival, the client will go through the intake process, which obtains personal information, and testing that will provide the level of cognitive impairment the client is currently suffering from and what outside services may be attainable.


Aftercare begins prior to discharge; the client is given support in accessing services for his transition back into the community. The client and primary counsellor begin working on a relapse prevention plan specific to the individual, his family/friends and environment. Periodic follow-ups are done to see how well the client is doing. If there is any additional support that may be required, referrals to the appropriate community resources or other support services will be recommended.


Ka-Na-Chi-Hih provides Solvent Abuse Education to communities, schools, parents and support workers upon request. A booth consisting of Ka-Na-Chi-Hih and Solvent Abuse information is set up at local events and forums, on occasion. Ka-Na-Chi-Hih provides Crisis Intervention services to communities and families when an emergency arises.

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